SOS Kit Aid
07/06/2012

WORLD CUP REFEREES HELP MAKE SECOND ANNUAL LV= SOS KIT AID GOLF DAY A HUGE SUCCESS

Following on from the success of Golf Days in the South West, Ullesthorpe Hotel and Golf Club played host to LV= SOS Kit Aid’s second highly successful golf day in Leicestershire on the 24 May. 25 teams took part from all over the UK including four teams from the RFU's Professional Referee Unit.

During the evening, World Cup referees Wayne Barnes and Dave Pearson entertained the crowd with anecdotal tales from their refereeing experiences facilitated by ex-International referee Chris White. The day, assisted by Mediterranean temperatures, much like the evening was a huge success with the foursome named 'Halcyon Daze' claiming victory.

Since its inception in May 2011, LV= SOS Kit Aid was voted ‘best community recycling initiative’ at the Awards for Excellence and has received the backing of Prime Minister, David Cameron, and Sports Minister, Hugh Robertson. The scheme has seen schools, clubs and the public donate their unwanted rugby and cricket kit to give disadvantaged children access to sport and create opportunities which would not have previously been available.

Regional Director and organiser of the day, Gary Welsh, said: “The support we received from around the UK was brilliant with teams coming from as far afield as Scotland, Wales and Cornwall. Attendance was up 30% on last year which in these austere times is very special and will enable us to afford numerous additional kit deliveries across the globe to disadvantaged youngsters. Next year will be a challenge again to make the event even bigger and better, a challenge that we are relishing!”